Year Here Crowdbacker – Building Back Better

July 14, 2020

The past few months have further highlighted many things for us as a society; the importance of systematic change, the power of community, my inability to set up a zoom meeting; the list goes on. It’s demonstrated to us how fast change can happen, flipping normality on its head. In tandem with this, it has ignited imaginations and kick-started conversations about the possibilities beyond what we knew as we begin to rebuild. 

Our TransformFP arm of the business supports this movement with long-term partner, Year Here, to raise funds for social enterprises

TransformFP is the part of ForwardPMX dedicated to integrating social purpose into everyday company life. TransformFP has been a curated and cared for part of the business since 2010. Grounded in the mission of harnessing the talent of our people to support changemakers to tackle entrenched societal problems, we work across three pillars.

  1. Sustainability – ensuring our supply chains into the business are from ethical sources
  2. Programs – offering expertise to social businesses, organisations and charities from fundraising to mentoring. 
  3. Client Engagement – advising and supporting our clients to include social purpose into their agendas

Under our Programs Pillar fundraising is an aspect of our offering. We support social innovation incubator, Year Here, raising funds for the venture lab part of their program, where Fellows prototype their venture ideas ready for launch. We are proud to be in a four year strong partnership with Year Here and continue to contribute to the steady growth of dynamic social enterprise in the UK.

Year Here’s Crowdbacker this year is mirroring this epoch, and will be gathering virtually for the first time. The crowdbacker is an opportunity for the fellows at Year Here to unveil their startups; pitching for attendees’ support. The Crowdbacker will also have discussions about this once-in-a-generation opportunity to reimagine society for the better.

Event Details 

Thursday 16th July
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Year Here is a postgraduate incubator program whose mission is grounded in tackling deeply entrenched social problems. We have a unique partnership with Year Here which has been ongoing for a number of years, and we have two different ways of working with them. One is with the ventures who are born from Year Here, offering the agency’s amazing expertise to help improve their digital offering. Secondly, we fundraise for Year Here, to help them continue to launch these important ventures.

All the money we raise for Year Here goes directly into the venture lab phase of the program. This is the phase where the Year Here fellows (those leading and moulding the ventures) iterate and prototype their venture ideas with real users, going on to pitch them at the Crowdbacker for their initial seed funding to enable them to launch. It’s a great opportunity to pop along and learn about the ventures, the societal issues they are combating and learn more about Year Here. It’s taking place on Thursday 16th July, 18.00 – 19.30. 

The crowdbacker works by allowing the crowd to pledge whatever support they can on the night, whether that’s advice, funding, connections or just a shout out on social media. As part of our ethos, we’ll be offering the new ventures expertise within our industry, as we have always done with Year Here ventures that have emerged from the program. The crowdbacker is a great opportunity to hear from the newest ventures at their earliest stage, and to learn more from our current partners we are supporting.

If you are interested in attending, want to learn more about Year Here please contact

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